MATE desktop 1.16 released with improved GTK3+ compatibility

Bring an end to 6 months of development efforts, MATE community has officially announced availability of MATE 1.16, latest stable release of traditional desktop environment that make use of modern technologies. It may be a coincidence that, MATE team and GNOME team has announced new releases on consequent days.

The MATE desktop project was started as a continuation of well established, stable and productive GNOME 2.x desktop. Over the years MATE team has worked to make it more user friendly and to ensure that, it make use of modern technology instead of using legacy codes from GNOME 2.x. With the same goal, mate team is working to port mate desktop from GTK2+ to GTK3+. Current release of MATE has ported several applications and utilities to work completely with GTK3+ and offers more compatible experience. Also, by this release, mate is using several new libraries and has fixed problems while migrating to this libraries.



The main highlights of MATE 1.6 can be summarized as follows:
  • Improved GTK3+ support across the entire MATE Desktop.
  • Application and theme support for GTK+ 3.22.
  • More applications build against GTK3+ only:
    • Engrampa
    • MATE Notification Daemon
    • MATE PolKit
    • MATE Session Manager
    • MATE Terminal
  • Some applications have been decoupled from libmate-desktop:
    • Engrampa
    • MATE Applets
    • MATE Netbook
    • MATE Power Manager
    • MATE Terminal
    • Pluma
  • Work has started to port applications to GApplcation:
    • Engrampa
    • MATE Applets
    • MATE Netbook
    • MATE User Share
  • Many bugs and deprecations are fixed.
  • Translations are updated
For more technical details and other information, you can read release announcement published in projects blog.

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